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any of us who live in the great

Pacific Northwest put our

roadsters away around the

first of November. I plug the exhaust

system and intake before I cover it,

something I learned from a military

piston engine flight line mechanic. It

works.When I start my car four or five

months later, it runs as if I drove it the

day before.

We don’t expect much sun here in

Seattle for four months after October

ends. For some of us, desperation sets

in from this yearly period of roadster

deprivation. We need to start the car

in the garage, just to hear it run. Hav-

ing once suffered this ailment, I no

longer do this, but I do have the

shakes by spring and need a road fix

to make them go away.

This year I spent the month of

March in Florida doing car-things.

Good medicine. In April, the weather

Gods gifted Washington with a few

sunny spring days averaging more

than 20 degrees above normal, one day

reaching 89, breaking the records for

ANY April day dating back to 1894. I

had to get out on the road.

Saturday morning I left at 8:30

a.m. for Highway 2, one side of the

Cascades Loop which round-trips

through the mountains between rainy

WesternWashington and the high, dry

desert country of Eastern Washington

where sun is the norm.

The young mountains are a spec-

tacular sight on a light traffic, early

spring weekend morning, before the

motorhomes of summer invade the

highways and block the views. I drove

along comfortably at 60 mph on the

two-lane, motor purring and top folded

in the boot. Cold air at 4,000-feet over

Stevens Pass had me leaning toward

the heater vent under the tonneau. I

smiled at the site of the downhill ski

lift lines from the road. Had to be a

great day up there above 5,000-feet

where it’s still too cold to melt snow.

We had normal snowpack to date,

though we lost twenty-five percent of

it after a week of above-normal tem-

peratures. The rain is back now, and a

week later its cooler. It will build back


Leavenworth, the first sizable

town east of the mountains, resembles

a Bavarian village. Not on the destina-

tion list this weekend, so passed

through. The highway widened to a di-

vided four lane at Wenatchee where

the mountains end. When I came over

a hill and down a valley, snowcapped

mountains above green hills in the

rearview mirror made me pull off the

road. As one friend commented on the

photo; “

It looks like a picture puzzle


I stopped for fuel later and the car

drew a crowd. “

We don’t see many of

these English looking cars out here,

one of them said. It’s Washington

Apple Country, and more recently

vineyard country, where pickup trucks

and tractors populate the roads, but

the people who live there like Cobras.

One gentleman in a Safeway parking

lot waved and yelled, “

Thank you!

” For


Summer 2016 82

Is it really fun just watching your car sit in your garage?

– Harvey Sherman